Edward Scissorhands (1990)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 1

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 

 
PROS –
1) A scientist died leaving his unfinished humanoid in the Gothic mansion full of steampunk equipments. He’s brought into the town’s community by a woman and soon he becomes the talk of the town attracting new friends and foes.
2) Tim Burton’s trademark gothic protagonist straight out of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. In the movie, Burton created 2 distinct worlds. While Edward Scissorhands is dark & gothic, the town is vividly colorful.
3) It’s basically a bedtime fairy-tale of “a beauty and a beast” told by an elderly woman to her granddaughter. The theme is similar to King Kong, The Phantom of the Opera, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, etc.

 
CONS –
N/A

 

 

QUOTE –
Bill: Sweetheart, you can’t buy the necessities of life with cookies.

The Rocketeer (1991)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) A Disney’s family entertainer. A stunt pilot got in the middle of the FBI, Gangsters, Howard Hughes, and Nazis.
2) Timothy Dalton as the suave Hollywood movie star who is actually a Nazi agent.
3) Good supporting cast.
4) Incredible Art Deco-style poster.

 

CONS –
1) Billy Campbell as the title character. He got no screen presence. Some other 90s actors like Tom Cruise, Tom Hanks, etc would have done better justice to the role.

 

QUOTE –
Cliff Secord: Where’s your stuntman now, Sinclair?
Neville Sinclair: I do my own stunts!

Spenser Confidential (2020)

STORY – 0
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

VERDICT – 2/5

 
PROS –
1) One time watch Sunday afternoon action movie with a possibility of a sequel.
2) The team of Spenser-Hawk is like a modern version Sherlock-Watson duo on steroid.

 
CONS –
1) A half-baked effort from Peter Berg.
2) Alan Arkin wasted.

 
QUOTE –
The FBI does not solve crime, they manage them. They play some big abstract game, trying to trade-up for some vague masterplan, a big fish, which they never do.

Wait Until Dark (1967)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 
PROS –
1) A Hitchcockian movie not directed by Alfred Hitchcock. It has all the elements of a stage play as seen in Dial M for Murder (1954), Rope (1948), and Rear Window (1954).
2) A blind woman turning the tables against her adversary by embracing her greatest shortcoming. Watching Audrey Hepburn playing the damsel in distress was a delight.
3) The cinematography without lights put the audiences right in the middle of the action.
4) Alan Arkin (with “Geraldine“) as a cold-blooded hitman giving Anton Chigurh a run for his money.
5) Presence of Julie Herrod as Gloria, the adventure-loving audacious girl next door gave a very Nancy Drew touch to the story.

 

CONS –
N/A

 
QUOTE –
Susy Hendrix: As soon as your safe, I’ll call the police.
Gloria: Okay. Gee, I wish something like this would happen every day…

Catch-22 (1970)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 1

VERDICT – 4/5

 

PROS –
1) The huge production value for an almost unadaptable novel from Joseph Heller. It’s the Apocalypse Now (1979) of black-comedy.
2) Great ensemble of actors including Alan Arkin, Jon Voight, Anthony Perkins, Martin Balsam, and a cameo from the legend Orson Welles.
3) The wise old man in whorehouse.
4) Exceptional cinematography and editing.
5) Milo Minderbinder: the embodiment of capitalism mashed with Nazi ideology.
6) Bob Newhart as the reluctant bumbling Major Major 

 

CONS –
1) Needed a better screenplay to keep the audiences hooked.

 

QUOTE –
1st Lt. Milo Minderbinder: What’s good for M & M Enterprises will be good for the country.

The Seven-Per-Cent Solution (1976)

STORY – 0
DIRECTOR – 0
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 1

Verdict – 2/5

Pros –
1) Laurence Olivier as Professor Moriarty – straight out of Sidney Paget illustration.
2) Putting Sigmund Freud in a Sherlock Holmes adventure

 

Cons –
1) Robert Duvall as Dr. Watson: Great actor in a wrong role
2) Mediocre story with a mediocre villain. Professor Moriarty was only a side-show.

 

Quote –
Sherlock Holmes : Eliminate the impossible,my dear Doctor,
and whatever remains,however improbable,must be the truth.

 

The Change-Up (2011)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 0
ACTOR – 0
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

 

Verdict – 1/5

 

Pros –

 

1) A different fantasy concept – pathetic execution though

 

Cons –

 

1) Forgettable one-time watch
2) Alan Arkin – Waste of talent

 

 

Quote –

 

 

Mitch Planko: So I can’t sleep with my wife, I can’t sleep with other women. What the hell is that?
Dave: Marriage.

Going in Style (2017)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 0
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

 

Verdict – 2/5

 

Pros –

1) 3 stalwarts together having fun.

 

Cons –

1) Another one in the list of films with adventures of senior citizens.Similar to Last Vegas, Stand Up Guys, Grudge Match etc.
2) It’s up to the director if he wants to leave a mark or just make a comedy-caper.There are so many loop-holes in the heist plan that it’s best not to discuss it.

 

 

Quote –

“It’s a culture’s duty to take care of it’s elderly”.

Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 1

Verdict – 4/5

 

PROS –
1) “Reservoir Dogs” without the violence
2) The twists & the monologues
3) Great ensemble cast
4) Cinematography – Rain factor
5) Jack Lemmon – outstanding performance

 

CONS –
1) The Title – could be much better.

 
QUOTE –
“Blake: As you all know, first prize is a Cadillac Eldorado. Anybody want to see second prize? Second prize is a set of steak knives. Third prize is you’re fired.”